Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge: The Gods of the North aka The Frost Giant’s Daughter

Last week I blogged about accepting the Pre-Tolkien Challenge. You can read that post here. Other blogs taking part in the challenge can be read here and here. And you can find the originating post that started this challenge here. In short, I have to identify three short stories published before Lord of the Rings. That … Continue reading Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge: The Gods of the North aka The Frost Giant’s Daughter

#Art of Fantasy 132: Pablo Marcos Ortega

I'm visiting a golden oldy this week, mostly because it's been a horror of a week and I find myself lamenting heroes from my youth. I am not so naïve to think I'd be able to recapture that old magic. No, not at all. Though my eyes are older and my mind harder I still have … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 132: Pablo Marcos Ortega

Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

I haven't yet dedicated a proper blog post to celebrate the birthday of one of my literary heroes, Robert E. Howard. I'm not sure I can do a better job than what other fans have done and because I'm late, it somehow feels disrespectful to now all of a sudden attempt something grand. I can, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

#Art of Fantasy 99 (Legends): Manuel Sanjulian

Born in 1941 in Barcelona, Manuel Sanjulián started his career illustrating comics for Josep Toutain's art agency Selecciones Ilustrades. During the 1970s Sanjulián illustrated a couple of movie adaptations and a comic serial in Cimoc magazine. His work began to capture the right people's attention and he flourished in the British market, later working for publishers … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 99 (Legends): Manuel Sanjulian

Art of Fantasy 88: Esteban Maroto

It's been a while since I featured a legend, so I'm doing it today. We're going back in time, folks. I give you Spanish artist, Esteban Maroto. A comic book artist, illustrator, painter, writer, and well, a living legend. Although he initially built his reputation outside the States, Maroto is best known for the short stories … Continue reading Art of Fantasy 88: Esteban Maroto

#Art of Fantasy 18: John Buscema

Today's artist is the award-winning comic book illustrator and penciller, John Buscema. In my humble opinion, his run on Conan the Barbarian was the best there was, and thus, he qualifies to be mentioned here. And because I have so many fond memories from reading Conan and admiring Big John's work, I thought it high … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 18: John Buscema

#Art of Fantasy 16: Frank Frazetta

I'd say it's about time. I've been so loud on this blog about how much I love Frank Frazetta, how his art inspired me, and yet I have neglected to do an #Art of Fantasy post dedicated to him. I have a good reason, though. As a kid I used to leave the juiciest food for … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 16: Frank Frazetta